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Old 10-23-2016, 02:39 AM
Carl Jones Carl Jones is offline
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Location: Midway, Utah
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I stongly recomend that you find a copy of shipwrecks on the Chesapeake by Donald G Shomette, 1982 Tidewater Press. In durnig the early proportion of the Civil war and the James river was controlled by the Confederates in 1864 the Union sent a boat up the James Rive the USS Tulip this boat had two boilers and was a screw propelled boat. Her machinery hads seen hard use for over a year and one boiler had been condemned but the captain had it fired up and it blow up killing 50 member of it 57 member crew on 11 Nov 1864. I doubt if she has associating engines, most likely an engine with two to four vertical cylinders, a crank shaft and a propeller shaft back to the screw. She was built in New York city in 1862 for use in china as a lighthouse tender. The person who order the boat died before the boat was deliverd and the builders sold her for $30,000 to the Union Navy.
Carl Jones river historian and genealogist
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